Above: Emihle is a talented young artist with a positive outlook on life
Emihle is a young artist in Lalela’s after-school programme in the township of Masiphumelele in Cape Town, Western Cape. He joined Lalela in March 2016, attending for a year before moving schools. This year we were overjoyed when Emihle decided that he wanted to carry on with Lalela’s workshops at Ukhanyo Primary, even though his own school is much further away.
Like many of his peers, life in Masiphumelele is full of challenges for Emihle. There’s a lot that this mature and passionate young man would change in his community if he could, from the attitude of disaffected youths and how they treat their elders, to deeper systemic issues. For example, he says he would like to see another library built, better sanitary conditions, and a bigger clinic.
We asked Emihle to tell us more about himself, his journey with Lalela, and his hopes and dreams for the future…
I like everything about Lalela: Each and every single learner and teacher. I love how we treat, support and uplift each other, and the fact that I always get out with a free mind after a session, my body, mind and spirit completely de-stressed by the energy I receive when I enter the Lalela space. I love and appreciate Lalela for its role in all our lives as part of the programme.
What I have learned at Lalela is that whatever energy and determination you put in will always be reciprocated with more love and some constructive criticism, (given) with care and attention
A life lesson I learned is that whenever you think a situation controls and takes over you as a person, stop, think and evaluate in a separate point of view and see that you will get where you want to be though determination, grit and perseverance. I quote myself, “If only you should place one foot in front of the other with no tough thought, the only results you shall witness are steps from behind on a long walk to where your mind, body and spirit are headed.”
After school I want to become a neurologist or any other profession in the medical field.
My dream for the future is to be financially free in the next seven years to the point of being able to take care of my own parents and elder siblings and my whole extended family.
A message I would like to give to a younger learner is be you! The only thing, the only person that will back you up, that will be by your side at all times, one that knows you for you, Knows you from the inside and out and what you believe to resonate or not with you is YOU, so Be YOU.